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NCAA Baseball Tournament: Middle Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Overall record: 43-16

Sun Belt Conference record: 21-8 (tied for first, won tournament)

RPI: 38

Statistics

Schedule

Bryce Brentz, Bryce Brentz, Bryce Brentz.  Brentz, a sophmore pitcher/outfielder, led the nation with a .484 batting average (30 points ahead of second place), tied for the D-I lead with 28 HR, has a .552 OBP, and struck out only 30 times in over 200 at-bats.  While less dominant from the mound, Brentz started 13 games and went 5-3 with a 4.78 ERA.   He is a first team all-American and basically is the Babe Ruth of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

Other Raiders to watch:

Rawley Bishop, senior 3B:   Bishop hit .404, good enough for #50 in the NCAA, and hit 14 HR. 

Nathan Hines, senior OF: Hines hit .363 with 11 HR.

Kenneth Roberts, junior SP.  Roberts was 10-1 with a 2.98 ERA. 

Chad Edwards, junior SP: Edwards's statistics show just how dominant Middle Tennessee's offense is: he was 8-1 with a 5.99 ERA.

Coty Woods, junior RP: Woods saved 14 games and let MT with a 1.51 ERA.  He struck out 50 in 41 and 2/3 innings. 

IU enters the tournament playing very well, but faces a formidable field.  You can watch tomorrow night's game here